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Baseball: Playoff picture relatively clear for West teams

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As the regular season enters its final week, there are only a few questions remaining. In Class AAAA, Moon will again have an overall winning record but miss the playoffs.

In Class AAA, Ambridge, Blackhawk, Hopewell, and Montour have all clinched playoff spots while Beaver Area, Central Valley, and West Allegheny still remain in the hunt. Beaver and Central Valley both need to win out to reach the playoffs while West Allegheny could finish anywhere from first to fourth in Section 3-AAA.

In Class AA, Beaver Falls, New Brighton, and Riverside have clinched playoff spots while South Side Beaver remains mathematically alive. The Rams, though, must win all three remaining section games and have New Brighton lose both its games to tie for the final spot.

In Class A, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Rochester have both clinched and all others have been eliminated.

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Softball: Section 1-AAA playoff picture still undecided

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Entering the final week of section play, there are still plenty of questions to be answered in Section 1-AAA. All six teams in the section are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot. Three are still alive for a shot at a share of the section title. Beaver Area (8-5, 6-2) leads the lot just ahead of Central Valley (9-6, 5-3) and Ambridge (7-7, 4-4). New Castle (8-7, 3-5), Hopewell (6-6, 3-5) and Blackhawk (3-9, 3-5) are still in contention.

Beaver can clinch an outright section title by winning its final two games this week, at Ambridge on Tuesday and at home against Blackhawk on Thursday. If the Bobcats slip up, Central Valley will be ready to claim at least a share of the section title. The Warriors host New Castle on Tuesday and visit Hopewell on Thursday.

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Track: MAC Championships set for tonight

Written by Brad Everett on .

The best invitationals are typically held on Fridays and Saturdays, but the Midwestern Athletic Conference Championships are an exception.

A slew of the WPIAL's top athletes will converge on Mars High School tonight for the MAC Championships. Many of the best teams in Beaver County will be in attendance, as will a handful of Allegheny County schools.

Competing schools from the Post-Gazette's West coverage area include Aliquippa, Ambridge, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Blackhawk, Carlynton, Central Valley, Cornell, Ellwood City, Freedom, Hopewell, Montour, New Brighton, Quaker Valley, Riverside, Rochester, South Side Beaver, West Allegheny and Western Beaver.

Returning champions include Ambridge junior Isaac Elliott (100 and 200), Beaver Falls senior Dom Perretta (800 and 1,600), Shenango senior Ricky Lanigan (high jump) and Laurel senior Jake Wilson (javelin),